A small, basic, but lovely park with spacious RV sites just steps from gorgeous First Beach on the north-central coast in La Push, WA
NOTE*/ When you book here be aware that the main office at Quileute Oceanside Resort manages two RV park areas -> Oceanside RV Park on the north side (also called Ocean Park, sites 1-24) and Quileute Lonesome Creek on the south side (sites 25-66) -> the parks are listed separately on rvparkreviews & on the road, but have been (recently?) merged together, and my understanding is that the resort manages the parks as one entity. The Oceanside or Ocean Park area (sites 1-24) is by far the nicer spot to stay so be sure to insist you are given a site in this particular area. This review is specific to the northern 24 sites only.
- Site quality = 4.5/5
Really lovely RV sites here. The northern side of Quileute Oceanside Resort (comprising sites 1-24 -> see NOTE* above) has a mix of back-in or pull-through flat, gravel sites in a large open area steps from the beach. Sites are separated by a tasteful wood fences and contain picnic table, nice brick fire-pit and individual trash cans. Beach-facing sites (esp. 3-11, my favorites) are nicely spacious as are side-facing sites (12-18, these have large grassy area behind them), whereas back-facing sites (esp. 19-24) are somewhat smaller. Full hookups (50Amp/water/sewer) with some thoughtful little extras -> ocean-facing sites (#3-11) have the option of two sewer locations (one in front right and one in back left) so that both Class A & 5th wheels can choose to park facing the view (I really like this), plus each site has double water spigots so you can hookup and still have one spigot left-over to rinse your feet of sand (another nice feature). Only ding? No real privacy/trees here, but given there are only 24 sites and you’re here for the view I don’t see that as much of a negative.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Decent facilities here accessed by a key-lock (given on check-in). There is a shower/toilet area which is a tad dated, but large and kept decently clean (toilets were pristine, but there was sand/dirt on the floor). Shower pressure was low, but temperature was decent. Shower curtain could use an upgrade. Overall not the classiest facilities I’ve seen, but they’re functional.
- Amenities = 2/5
Amenities are not what you come to this park for. There is on-site laundry, but it’s expensive (one machine only $3/load) plus there is a central covered ramada with picnic table & BBQ. There is WiFi at the main office, but none at the sites. Quileute Resort operates a small grocery store within the park area ~1 mile from the RV sites.
- Location = 5/5
Location is the whole reason you come here, and by location I mean beach! The campsites are mere steps from First Beach which is a lovely crescent-shaped beach that allows hiking, surfing (good surf break) and sunset viewing. All sites have views of St.James Island with slices of water views (there is a small dune in the way) and it takes mere seconds to have your feet in the sand. Rialto, Second and Third Beach are next-door with Forks (basic shopping) only ~12 miles away. Extra perk? There is a small on-site espresso stand near the front office of the park
- Pet friendliness = 5/5
Very dog-friendly spot. Lots of space to hang in camp and full off-leash friendly First Beach is just steps away. Free poop bags by the beach trail.
Overall rating = 4.0
BONUS ALERT = Camp mere steps from gorgeous First Beach!
Summary: We came to this park for location, and boy did it deliver. Quileuete Oceanside Resort is actually a larger complex that contains two RV park areas, lots of cabins, a motel and a smaller on-site store, all fronting gorgeous First Beach. The nicest areas for RVs is the small collection of sites (24 only) located on the northern side of the resort known as Oceanside or Ocean Park RV. Sites are basic gravel, but nicely spacious (especially beach-front sites 3-11) with pleasant wooden separator fences, individual trash can, brick fire-pit and picnic table plus you are only seconds from the beach (nothing but a mini-dune separates you from the sand). Beach-facing sites have the added bonus of two sewer locations so both 5th wheels & Class A’s can chose to park facing the view. No real amenities at this park except for an on-site BBQ ramadan and one rather expensive laundry machine, but the spacious sites and gorgeous beach more than make up for it. Nearby Rialto, Second and Third Beach are excellent outings, plus Forks (~12 miles away) has shopping and Twilight fan sightseeing. The local beach (First Beach) is off-leash dog friendly and does allow camping too, so expect some campfires and the occasional evening fire-cracker. Neither bothered us and in fact we loved that we could stroll over & walk with doggie right on the beach while watching the sunset. The beach also has an excellent surf-break and there is a guy who rents wet-suits/boards on-site for those brave enough to brace the waters. Overall a fabulous place to just hang out, relax and enjoy the beach with doggie in tow. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and would most certainly come back!
Extra Info: Excellent Verizon signal (5 bars of LTE -> the tower is literally IN the park). WiFi in main office, but NONE at the sites. During summer season sites cost $40/night (+tax) for FHU, during winter $27/night (+tax) for FHU. No discounts. 24 sites total. On-site laundry machine ($3/load).
Extra Info – OTHER CAMPING?
- Quileute Lonesome Creek – As mentioned in the NOTE* above, Quileute Lonesome Creek (sites 25-66) is actually part of the same resort complex as Oceanside RV, but is not nearly as nice. Sites are older, uneven, disheveled and much closer together. It has a completely different feel, yet it carries the same price-tag ($40/night in summer, $27/night in winter). This area takes RV or tents. Only bonus is that it does access the same lovely beach. We would not recommend staying here.
- Mora Campground – For smaller rigs, Mora campground is a lovely, forested primitive (dry-camping only) first-come-first-serve campground located just a few miles from Rialto Beach. Recommended RV size is 21-feet and having driven the campground I can confirm this would be about the limit (no WAY we could get in here). Sites cost $12/night.
NOTE/ All pictures below are taken from northern RV park area (site 1-24)
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